Open Access Publication Process

Should your paper be accepted after peer review for publication then the full version of your paper will be posted in BMJ Quality Improvement Reports as soon as it has been edited and you have approved it. This open access Online First article is not a pre-print. It represents the full, citable, publication of that article.

At the time of publication on the BMJ Quality site, the bibliographic information is forwarded to PubMedCentral, so the article can be searched for and cited (the citation format appears at the top of the online article).

BMJ group is committed to keeping quality improvement articles Open Access (with Creative Commons licences and deposit of the full text content in PubMedCentral as well as fully Open Access on To support this we are asking all authors to pay an Article Publishing Charge (APC), plus VAT if applicable, on acceptance of their paper. The APC will vary depending on the article type and these costs are outlined in the table below. We recognise that many authors receive no formal funding for their quality improvement work, and we expect that organisations may support authors with the fee or groups of authors will pay the fee collaboratively.

If you are part of an organisation which has subscribed to BMJ Quality (ie. your organisation gave you an access code to use for publication), you will be eligible for a discount/waiver of the Article Publishing Charge as your organisation’s subscription covers some/all of the cost. If you are interested in seeking a subscription for your organisation, please contact consortiasales{at}

Per article published Original articles
Systematic Reviews
Narrative Reviews
Research & reporting methodology
Per article published Short reports
Quality Improvement Reports (SQUIRE format)
Value projects
Quality improvement programmes
Quality education reports

Low income and low-middle income countries detailed in the link below are entitled to discounted pricing. They include 92 developing countries, areas and territories included in the HINARI initiative. Please contact us at for further details

HINARI Initiative


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